There's nothing quite like an adventure in Ecuador's Galápagos Islands. Blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, friendly sea lions, giant tortoises, Darwin’s finches, penguins, expansive beaches, lingering sunsets, gourmet cuisine and outstanding adventure— all await you on our private first-class catamaran sailing and multisport vacation in the Galápagos Islands.
Enjoy exotic and abundant wildlife and unique, scenic locations—without the crowds as we island hop through the volcanic Galápagos Islands Archipelago on an 80-ft, 12-passenger, wide and stable catamaran. Days are spent swimming nose-to-nose with friendly and playful sea lions, snorkeling and kayaking with sea turtles and observing breath-taking marine, bird and wildlife. Additional Galápagos vacation activities may include horseback riding, hiking or surfing. Evenings feature plenty of time to lounge aboard our private yacht while savoring delightful regional cuisine prepared fresh daily by a talented chef.
Sailing through the Galapagos Archipelago is the ultimate way to see this incredible region. The shallow beam and spacious deck space on our wide and stable catamaran is noticeable to those who have spent time on traditional ships. The catamaran is equipped with twin diesel engines for efficiency but there is nothing more romantic and rewarding than being under sail in these turquoise waters. Sailboats leave a much smaller footprint on the environment and our unique itinerary seeks to minimize impact by allowing small and intimate groups to visit sites that are not on the main routes. The sailboat serves as a vehicle of access to the wonder of these enchanted islands.
Our 80-foot, 12-passenger catamaran offers more space and luxuries than other similar boats during your exclusive national park tour. Mooring each night in different locations, our special permit allows guests to experience the best the Galapagos ha to offer. Island hopping by catamaran allows us to easily access places the bigger ships may not. Our small group size is far more intimate and allows us to spend time observing the wildlife and enjoying the active nature of our vacation rather than laoding and unloading from a cruise ship.
Something for everyone! Increasingly popular with our repeat travelers, our multi-sport adventures are an easygoing way to explore; combining sailing and hiking with other fun-filled ativities that take advantage of the best this region has to offer. Activities on the Galapagos Naturalist Sailing Multi-Sprot include: sailing, snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking, surfing, mountain biking and plenty of time for relaxing on your own agenda.
Galapagos is one of those rare destinations where you become accustomed to being surprised. Nothing quite compare to the joy of observing animals in the wild here, or the sense of wonder and privilege felt while spending time with creatures that don’t run or fly away when human approach. Galapagos is home to man endemic animals, most of which are fearless because of their lack of natural predators.
From the world’s only sea going lizards to flightless cormorants and penguins, flamingos, infalatable frigate birds, wave albatrosses, clownfish boobies, patriarchal giant tortoises, and 13 species of Darwin finches, you can enjoy thrilling encounters with animals – up close and in large numbers – who arre completely at ease among human visitors.
There are xtraordinary opportunities ti swim with marine animals such as sea lions, fur seals, dolphins, and manta, eagle, and golden rays, as well as thousands of the 300 species of colorful fish. The more adventurous may relish the chance to snorkel with the friendly Galapagos sharks or even hammerheads and white-tipped reef sharks. Marine turtles and whales are commonplace and simply add to the magic.
Ironically, no species has done more to upset the delicately balanced ecosystem of the Galapagos than Homo sapiens. Almost all extinctions of native species began with and followed the arrival of the first recorded visitor to the archipelago in 1535. The islands are now safeguarded by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station.
The plants of Galapagos are equally fascinating. Many species of indigenous Scalesia (“tree daisies”) as well as tree ferns, bromeliads, and orchids are found in the highlands. Giant prickly pear and candelabra cacti abound on the coast while tiny Brachycereus cacti grow on barren lava flows. Vivid morning glories and mats of bright red sesuvium blanket the shores. Galapagos also has its very own native species of cotton, tomato, pepper, guava, and passionflower. Many kinds of plants, particularly those belonging to the daisy family, have evolved into whole arrays of endemic species on the different islands, providing scientist with classic examples of adaptive radiation.
Minimum Age: 10 Yrs